Erskine May

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Dear House of Commons,

Please provide me with an electronic copy of the full text of "Erskine May Parliamentary Practice 23rd Edition".

Yours faithfully,
Steve Elibank

FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

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FOICOMMONS, House of Commons

Dear Mr Elibank,

Thank you for your request for information which is copied below. The information you requested is held by the House of Commons.

Nevertheless, the 23rd edition of Erskine May’s Parliamentary Practice is not a parliamentary publication. It is published by, and available from, Butterworths (part of LexisNexis) see

As the information you request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, for example via your local library or by purchase (ISBN 9780406970947 Price £244.00), your FOI request is refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set out in section 21 (1) and (2)(a) of the FOI Act. This exemption applies even though the information may be accessible only on payment. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

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